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The Economics of Prefilled Syringes - August 2017 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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As One Surgical Center Closes, Another Opens Florida's first ASC says goodbye as a persistent eye doc claims victory. D ays after Florida's first freestanding surgical center announced it was clos- ing its doors last month after a 43-year run, an Iowa ophthal- mologist finally got state permission to reopen his freestand- ing center for eye sur- gery after a 10-year fight to obtain a certificate of need. One door closes, one door opens. Isn't that how they say life goes? But we celebrate both the death notice for the pioneering doctors in Florida and the birth announcement for the persevering doctor in Iowa. In 1974, a group of 26 physicians on staff at Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., bolted the big box to build the Ambulatory Surgical Facility. It was Florida's first freestanding ambulatory surgical center, built 4 years after the nation's first ambulatory surgery center opened in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1970. Many surgeons would follow the path those docs blazed in Florida. Today there are nearly 450 ASCs in the state. The founding group of surgeons saw the opportunity to bring effi- ciency to surgery. OR space to perform elective surgeries was in huge demand. Some doctors found their patients had to wait as long as 6 weeks to get elective surgery in area hospitals. It was not unusual for emergencies to bump outpatient cases. 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 Editor's Page Dan O'Connor • STICKTOITIVENESS Ophthalmologist Lee Birchansky, MD, has finally received a certificate of need to reopen an eye surgery center.

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